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juniperb
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posted October 24, 2003 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Sun flares are expecting to cause disruptions in the power grids on earth today.
Local news says here in MI, shortly after 3 p.m., we should see the disturbances.

Northern lights are highly visable so if you`re in the peak areas, have a look!

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Science - AP

Strong Geomagnetic Storm Expected to Hit
Thu Oct 23, 4:24 AM ET


BOULDER, Colo. - A strong geomagnetic storm was expected to hit Earth on Friday with the potential to affect electrical grids and satellite communications.

One of the largest sunspot clusters in years developed over the past three days and produced a coronal mass ejection, similar to a solar flare, at 3 a.m. EDT Wednesday, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.


The disturbance was expected to produce a geomagnetic storm rated G3. A G5 storm is the strongest.


The storm could make the aurora visible as far south as Oregon and Illinois.


A coronal mass ejection is an explosion of gas and charged particles into space from the corona, the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere.


A second sunspot cluster not yet visible from Earth could produce more geomagnetic storms in the next two weeks, NOAA said.

juniperb

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If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. ~James Herriot

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FishKitten
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posted October 24, 2003 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FishKitten     Edit/Delete Message
I will so be out on the beach looking at the Northern Lights tonight! I live in a tiny little village of only 1000 people situated on the shores of a huge mountain lake (95 miles long and about 2 miles wide) situated between towering peaks. When the lights dance over the lake it is just indescribably beautiful. Sorry about cell phones and stuff, but WooHoo.

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trillian
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posted October 24, 2003 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trillian     Edit/Delete Message
I wish I could see them... *sigh*

juniperb, I just noticed your sig line.

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proxieme
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posted October 24, 2003 11:24 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Nooo northern lights down here (although I did see them once...kinda).

Wow, I just noticed your sig line, too (thanks to trillian) - seems quite true.

FishKitten - I'm envious.
Now I'm going to sit on my bed and pet my green-eyed monster until I fall asleep.

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juniperb
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posted October 25, 2003 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Our sky cleared up as temps dropped (28 deg.) and the brilliant northern lights flashed and danced for hours. Lots of red which is unusual here. Awesome and I watched til my nose froze

juniperb

Thanks on the sig. I love James Herriot and he`s my hero.

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proxieme
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posted October 28, 2003 10:00 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I might yet get a chance to see the night sky light up...
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=624&e=1&u=/ap/20031029/ap_on_sc/sol ar_flare

...wonder what's up w/ the Sun...

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juniperb
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posted October 30, 2003 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Prox, did you get to view them yet? It was rather cloudy last night but they skittered across the sky is breathtaking patterns.

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FishKitten
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posted October 30, 2003 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FishKitten     Edit/Delete Message
Oh the lights, the lights! Dancing fairies through the night. Spectacular lately.

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proxieme
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posted October 30, 2003 05:30 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Nope, I didn't get to seem 'em.
Some have said that they saw faint whisps of them, but most haven't.

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